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2nd Grader Brings Gun to School

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By Ron Marasco


A second grader at Lawson Elementary School in Johnston brought a gun to school Tuesday. It was two and half hours into the school day when teachers received shocking news.

"It's definitely scary," said parent Kristi Hauser.

"It's very alarming, but as you know safety and security is a big part of what we do," said Clay Guthmiller, superintendent of Johnston Schools.

Guthmiller says it was vigilant students who informed a teacher the eight year–old had a gun.

"Through our character programs, through all the things we do, we try and instill in our young people to make the right choices, help people and to tell people when there are problems going on and that was the case today," said Guthmiller.

Many parents don't expect this in Johnston.  But no community and no school is immune.

"I mean it really does put things into perspective," said Hauser.

Jim Kraai's grandson attends Lawson.  He says it's all on the parents.

"Who knows if he even knew if it was a real gun?" said Kraai.  "So how can you blame someone who's only a 2nd grader?"

Superintendent Guthmiller could not tell us if the gun was loaded, but did say ammunition was also taken from the student.  He said at no time was anyone threatened or harmed.  School officials took the gun from the eight year–old before police arrived.

"Certainly with all the things that have happened recently, we've continued to be vigilant and ramped up on our policies and done everything we can to make sure we have safe schools," said Guthmiller

School officials are talking with the student's parents.  The Polk County Attorney's office and the Iowa Department of Human Services are also investigating.

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